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Govt considering 3-fold hike in margin to fair price shop owners

Govt considering 3-fold hike in margin to fair price shop owners

NEW DELHI: The Delhi government is considering a nearly threefold-hike in the margin money for ration dealers from existing Rs 70 to Rs 200 per quintal, besides paying arrears to them.

Food and Civil Supplies Minister Imran Hussain Saturday said the matter is under active consideration of the government.

"A proposal in this regard will be placed before the cabinet at the earliest for trebling the margin money," Hussain said in a statement.

The Minister also said the demand of ration dealers for payment of arrears of margin money from September 1, 2013 to August 31, 2014 has also been acceded to by the Delhi government. The matter is being forwarded to the Union government for payment of equal amount of arrears as central assistance, he said.

The announcement was made by Hussain after a meeting of office-bearers of the Delhi Sarkari Ration Dealers Sangh which was also attended by the Commissioner, Food and Supplies (CFS), and other officials of the department.

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